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Truancy (Truancy #1)

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In an alternate world, in a nameless totalitarian city, the autocratic Mayor rules the school system with an iron fist, with the help of his Educators. Fighting against the Mayor and his repressive Educators is a group of former students called the Truancy, whose goal is to take down the system by any means possible—at any cost.

Against this backdrop, fifteen-year-old Tack
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Tor Teen
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truancy, boooo-ancy. and not scary halloween ghost boooo-ancy, i mean it blew-ancy.

fifteen-year-olds have a place in this world. i have no problem with them serving me food at an eatery, or bagging my groceries, but i don't want them performing my brain surgeries, and i don't want them in charge of my entertainment.

it's great that he wrote this so young, really. but it exhibits every weak writing mistake you would expect from someone so inexperienced: clumsy dialogue, continuity errors, oddly sp
Haralambi Markov
Feb 03, 2013 Haralambi Markov rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Thanks to the ever so generous Graeme I received “Truancy” as an unexpected gift that got me addicted. For three blissful days I was totally lost in this hardcover edition, which is so unlike me, since my attention span with books ranges to 60 pages at most a day and finishing 400 in three days was impossible to me. I certainly wish more books could force into oblivion.

At first I was very reluctant to setting expectations as everybody knows Isamu Fukui is 17 years old and having had a huge disap
Aaron Vincent
Dec 16, 2010 Aaron Vincent rated it did not like it
Originally Posted On Guy Gone Geek.

In an alternate society, the Educators RULES. They create the law, implement them, and yes, they also do power play. Of course, this set-up is a kind of nightmare to all the students. Because of the Educators tight grip on them and the natural desire to defy the norm that comes with being an adolescent, these students formed a rebellion group: The Truancy. The Truants had no other intention but to make the lives of the Educators a living hell.

Tack, a highschool
Apr 08, 2010 Thomas rated it liked it
Fifteen-year-old Tack lives in a city controlled by education. School is a constant struggle to survive: filled with strict to deadly teachers, an insurmountable amount of homework, and a zero tolerance policy for under achieving. Students are pushed and pushed until they become the perfect role model citizens - mind controlled, obedient slaves to their society. Tack is fearful that he will fail and be expelled because of his apathy for schoolwork, but he continues to go to school for his younge ...more
Nov 02, 2009 Raina rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, urban, dystopia
Kind of a cool concept, but the execution is in sore need of an editor. Written by a teenager, and you can... tell. Sample sentence from pg. 426: "He had feared that Zyid would ask exactly that, though it wasn't unexpected."

The only reasons I finished this were that it was recommended by one of my teens, and I read the first half on a flight (it took me a week to get through the second half).

Interesting to see in the mind of a kid who's a little, let's say, disillusioned by school, whi
Jun 30, 2008 Julia rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing!!!! It is one of my favorites! Written by seventeen year old Isamu Fukui, Truancy has some of the best characters, plots, and basically everything I've ever read! rebellion, romance, action, suspense, mystery, this book has everything! Like Voices I give it a six, though the stars can only go up to five... It's still six!
Jun 30, 2015 Angie rated it it was ok
I love the idea behind Truancy: complete control through education! This is set some time in the future, and schools have near complete control over the student population. Classes are harder, tests are even more important, and the rules make sure all teens stay in line. And classes are six days a week now. Students aren't even allowed to talk in the hallways, snack, or use the restroom without express permission. It's no wonder there's a rebellion group known as the Truancy, made up of dropouts ...more
Ugg. I kind of feel bad. This guy is just a kid, and if any of my library kids did this, I would be super-supportive. But . . . it isn't going to benefit him to just hold his hand and praise his book, which is impressive, but not that good.

While I am impressed with the patience, skill, and even the creativity of the young writer, I fear publishing him could be detrimental to his growth. Seriously, if this is something he wants to do with his life, and I suspect it is, he doesn't need undue prais
Dec 29, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing
This book is a violent, hard hitting novel written by a 17-year-old author. The main character Tack hates school for very good reasons. In the functionally autocratic society of The City, school dictates every part of his life. Many of the problems that he comes up against in school exist to some degree in every school in the U.S. His coldly aloof parents are no comfort to him. Tack tries to succeed in school but it seems like the teachers and the system are out to get him at every turn. Being e ...more
Jun 16, 2009 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Written by a 15-year old boy, this book is pretty solid for an adolescent lit book. Interesting characters (maybe too male dominated, though) and an action-packed plot with extremely detailed (and violent) fight scenes. Reluctant readers - especially boys that like action and battle sequences - would really enjoy this.
Nov 20, 2009 Camille rated it liked it
This surprised me. i liked this book more than I thought I would. At first I didn't think I would, but I did.

My problems with this book:
-There was a lot of fighting. At the end of the book there was a 25 page fight scene. That was really long. There were a lot of other long fight scenes, but this one topped it.
-I was confused about the idea of the book. It was a good one, but i was very confused.
-I was shocked on how quickly the Truancy lets Tack in. It was just like he walked up said I want to
Jun 17, 2009 Maddie rated it it was ok
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Oct 25, 2010 Robert rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awsome
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Mr. Curtis
Mature Content: Language, Violence

Lexile: 1000L

I thought this book was going to be a rant-against teachers, education, principals, testing-but it wasn't. At least not all of it was. What it ended up being was a fairly thoughtfully written book about people with strong convictions about how they think the world should be.

Set in a world not too different from our own, Tack is moving through the educational system. A chance encounter with another teenager, who becomes a mentor to him, puts Tack on
Okay, first of all, an excellent piece for a 15-year-old author. Damn fine for that.

However, a couple of issues...okay, five.

1. Message = very heavy-handed. The whole "reject the establishment" and "education creates mindless slaves" thing was about as subtle as a brick to the forehead.

2. Author's name = Isamu. Character name = Umasi. Just a little too cute.

3. I tried to read this a little over a year ago and ran out of steam about half-way through. Restarted it a few days ago and ran out of st
Oh my god. I am SO glad to be done with this book. It was a chore. I'm torn: On one hand, the ideas that Fukui has are awesome--it's a sci-fi political critique of the oppressive educational system from a high school student. On the other hand, i cannot remember the last time i disliked a book this much that I didn't have some sort of political issue with such as racism or ableism that I actually finished reading.

The big problem: Cliche, cliche, cliche. Eye-rolling, groan-out-loud, i-can't-even
Jul 28, 2009 Kelly rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, fiction, war
I really hated this book, and I only read it in its entirety because it's on the 2009 YALSA Teen Top Ten list which I promote at my school so I always read all the books on the list. I think the book is only on the list because it's about teens rebelling against authority who are the teachers of their schools.

There is no true plot development and the writing is very poor. The characters are one dimensional, and the story is cliched - nothing new here.

However, I think that some teen boys might li
Apr 01, 2012 Joshua rated it really liked it
Very strong enthralling sci-fi thriller that really impressed as it was written by a 15 year old. Unlike Swordbird and Eragon I was pulled through the book... was it perfect, no... some of the battles were very cinematic while parts were a little prolonged... but it was a strong narrative if a little telegraphed at times...

The two criticisms: the characters could at times be wooden, though part of that was the situation.

The characters and the plot's morality could be interpreted as advocating vi
Oct 15, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was ok
I was quite disappointed by Truancy. I really wanted it to be good. It has a good concept and I think it's cool that Fukui is still a high school student. But unfortunately it only ends up being a lesson in why teenagers should not be allowed to publish novels. The "dystopian" society is simply not dystopian enough to be really compelling and the book is just a poor pastiche of other genres. And I'm sorry, Isamu Fukui, but it simply does not work to have two characters who are supposed to be kin ...more
Nov 15, 2008 Laurie added it
Shelves: wmslibrary
I had to read this because the person who recommended it to me was insistent. I think it is not nice to try and force someone else to read a 400+ page novel.

Truancy is not terrible, but the writing is amateurish and cliche-ridden, and while some reviewers have said, "Kids who like dystopian fiction will like this," I wouldn't actually recommend it to them; there is virtually no world-building, no explanation for anything beyond this evil Mayor autocratically ruling over the city.


And you
Drew Butler
Dec 02, 2010 Drew Butler rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was amazing. I am not one that enjoys reading as much as others but when i picked up this book i couldn't put it down.
My friend Kody recommended it to me and I'm recommending it to anyone who likes to read. The main plot is about a corrupt government
that has taken over society school goes from monday to saturday. But a brave group of kids decides to revolt. These kids carry machine
guns, trowing knifes and drive trucks and SUV's. They stay to the deserted parts of town and on
É F.K. O'Conghaile
Dec 15, 2013 É F.K. O'Conghaile rated it did not like it
Originally read around May 20/June 20 2008, I considered it at the time a useful and inspirational escape from the school system I was in. Now, I realize the author at time of writing was a narcissistic 15 year old like anyone else, with painfully repeating scenes and comments (lighter, eyes, explaining a scene numerous times after it happened, etc). Told rather than showed. The "omniscient" character Umasi (Isamu backward -_-) was privileged to be pacifist, which should be noted. My criticisms ...more
Julia Reynolds
Aug 17, 2014 Julia Reynolds rated it it was ok
This book was written by Isamu Fukui when he was 15. He was having problems in school; he was bullied, didn’t get along with his teachers, and realized when he moved on to high school that it wasn’t a problem with any particular school but rather his personal issues with the educational system as a whole. He then read a book of Tolkien’s writing notes from his writing of The Lord of the Rings and was inspired by the richness of the creative process to try writing himself.

Fukui spent the next ac
Joseph Silveira
Jan 21, 2016 Joseph Silveira rated it it was amazing
The Truancy by Isamu Fukui was in my opinion a good book about the struggle of kids in a society where schools or overly oppressive and extremely strict. It tells the story of a boy named Tack who finds himself running away from home after his sister is killed in an assassination bye the Truancy, a group of kids that were expelled and decide to fight back against the people that ran the city led by Zyid. IN their world getting expelled is basically a death sentence because you are taken away fro ...more
Joel Mollman
Feb 03, 2014 Joel Mollman rated it did not like it
I read this book because I was asked to be able to write about it's sequel, Truancy City. I really hope the sequel is better, because this was a rough book to read. While it's amazing that the author wrote this and was published in high school, just because a teacher would praise it in a HS creative writing class does not mean it was anywhere near ready to be published.
The characters and dialogue are annoying. The book is filled with angsty anti-school aphorisms by the teenage "Truants" who figh
Dec 14, 2013 Charlie rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
The basic story sounded promising, but it turned out to be very repetitive and self-indulgent. For example, author Isamu Fukui made an "omniscient" character named Umasi, and there were multiple depictions throughout the three-hundred plus pages of Noni's "icy blue eyes" and the Mayor playing with his lighter. I am glad to be done with this. I enjoyed making fun of it with Eamon, though.
May 21, 2014 J.Elle rated it it was ok
This book had an intriguing premise, but I didn't like where it went. The city where Tack lives runs the schools with an iron fist. An education is for tamping down any enthusiasm or originality in everyone, making them all joyless robots. Tack, a 15 year old, is stuck in this system until he meets Umi, who is part of a resistance against it. And here is where the book became uninteresting for me. It was like the movie Newsies where a gang of teenagers come together to try and stop what is happe ...more
Ian Mellark
Jan 23, 2014 Ian Mellark rated it really liked it
TRUANCY (War boys)
Por Isamu Fukui


Los educadores y los obligadores controlan todo en los distritos
Los estándares educativos son difíciles de llenar para los estudiantes, y los estudiantes que no los llenen, son castigados.

War boys nos cuenta la historia de una sociedad en donde los alumnos son sometidos a miedo, a normas súper rígidas que cumplir, con el fin de “amaestrarlos” y así cuando crezcan tenerlos bajo control. Sin embargo la “Truancy” (grupo de jóvenes formados por estudiante, y
Aug 17, 2008 Cheryl rated it it was ok
Having heard Isamu Fukuii speak about his work, I read a far different book than what I had expected. Teens, especially boys, will like this one. A solid addition to high school dystopian lit lists.
Jan 15, 2015 Evilgumball rated it did not like it
"He must have a purpose, Tack decided, leaping over a low fence to run across a sea of short, wavy green tendrils, with the gentle glow of the nearest street lamp reflecting off their lush surface. But what?"

Grass. He ran across some grass. If one edited down all the purple prose in this brick it would probably come down to a slim 200 pages.

As to plot, it reads exactly as you'd expect a book written by an angsty 15-year-old boy to read. School sucks, I know.

There are 2 female characters. One has
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Isamu Fukui is a student at New York University in New York City. His first novel, Truancy, was published to rave reviews and garnered significant publicity, including two interviews on National Public Radio and features in The New York Daily News and
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“When death lies ahead, it's natural to look back.” 16 likes
“And with that, Umasi reached down and slung Zyid's lifeless body over his shoulder, stoically bearing the morbid burden in silence. Slowly, solemnly, the two brothers turned as one to face the warm, beckoning glow of the rising sun, together for one last time.” 4 likes
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